Luís Vinício

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Luís Vinício
Personal information
Full name Luís Vinícius de Menezes
Date of birth (1932-02-28) 28 February 1932 (age 82)
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Manager
(center forward as a player)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
-1955 Brazil Botafogo
1955–1960 Italy Napoli 152 (69)
1960–1962 Italy Bologna 47 (17)
1962–1966 Italy Vicenza 116 (61)
1966–1967 Italy Internazionale 8 (1)
1967–1968 Italy Vicenza 25 (7)
Teams managed
1968–1969 Internapoli
1969–1970 Brindisi
1970–1971 Ternana Terni
1971–1973 Brindisi
1973–1976 Napoli
1976–1978 Lazio
1978–1980 Napoli
1980–1982 Avellino
1982–1984 Pisa
1984–1986 Udinese
1986–1988 Avellino
1991–1992 Juve Stabia[1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luís Vinícius de Menezes, more famously known as Vinício (born 28 February 1932 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil) was a professional football player, who played as a center forward. Although he is a Brazilian, Vinício played his entire career in Italy.


At age 23 Vinício came to Italy, joining the Naples representative club Napoli during the 1956-1957 season. He style was considered generous and powerful on the field, which soon gained him the nickname 'O lione (lion) from the Napoli faithful. In total for the club he played 152 games and scored 69 goals in a 5 year period.

He moved on next to Bologna, his first season there was a good one, but the successive year Vinício played only a few contests, he had hot competition for his place with youngster Harald Nielsen in the squad.

In the summer of 1962 he returned disconsolate to Brazil, after finding little football action in recent years with Bologna. However soon he was recalled to Italy from the leaders of the Lanerossi Vicenza who offered him a new contract. To Vinício joining Vicenza was like a second birth in Italian football.

After an average first year, he returned to scoring goals like in his prime, with 17 goals in the 1963-1964 season, which brought the club to 6th in Serie A. In 1964-1965 his performances were still decisive, helping Vicenzia to the tenth place in championship. The following season he scored 25 goals; a top-scoring record that would not be equalled again until Marco van Basten in 1991-1992.

In the summer of 1966 he left Vicenza because Helenio Herrera signed Vinício to play for Internazionale. His tenure in nerazzurro did not bring much luck however; he competed only 8 games for the club and scored one goal.

For the final season of his playing career, he returned to Vicenza at age 36. This season saw him take his total goal scoring record, for all games player in Serie A during his career to over 150 goals.


  1. ^ "Brazilian Players in Italy". 22 June 2007. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alberto Orlando
Sandro Mazzola
Serie A Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Gigi Riva